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    January 29, 2012
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demonstration throughout the day and into the night in downtown oakland. and richmond police are searching for a suspect who viciously beat an elderly woman, leaving her with life-threatening injury. >> good morning. >> we do have some high clouds. it's not as cold. today we will see another mild afternoon. maybe some rain tonight. >> sounds good. thank you, lisa. good morning, everyone. thanks for joining us. i'm carolyn tyler. dozens of police remain on guard at oakland city hall this hour after arresting nearly 300 occupy oakland demonstrators last night. tear gas and gas bang grenades mark the most turn plant clash with police since their encampment was torn down last november. there were last arrests at the downtown ymca. one band of roaming protesters also vandalized city hall.
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the damage inside is still being assessed this morning. sergio reports. >> city hall became one of the targets of demonstrators when a few people managed to force their way in and make a mess of the place. a visibly flustered jean quan voiced her frustration with the latest demonstration. >> the occupy oakland has got to stop using oakland as its playground and that people in the community and people in the occupy movement have to stop making excuses for this behavior. >> at the height of protestors during the day, demonstrators squared off at police. some tossed objects at officers and police responded with flash bangs and nobody grenades. as the day war on, several conflicts erupted, like this one near 14th and broadway. i talked to one woman who watched as the action went down. she said the police are too heavy handed. >> i will say sometimes protestors get upset and do some
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things too, but i think it's wrong. it's like they are taking a sledge hammer to kill a flea or something. >> but after watching officers get objects thrown at them and people breaking into city hall, leaders are at wits end. >> it amounts to domestic terrorism when people start taking buildings and it start costing the city an incredible amount of resources. >> one of the buildings a large group rushed was a downtown ymca. police removed a few dozen from inside and encircled another outside. police plan on holding and charging all of them. >> i expect in the future the level violence and everything that preceded this on the internet, all their tweets, which they know we read, their intent is to commit acts of violence. vandalism and break into something that doesn't belong to them. >> abc7 news in oakland. >> the protestors broke into city hall around 8:00 last night. photos taken by our media partner, the san jose mercury news, show them burning the
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american flag taken from the building. and take a look inside city hall. they damaged a central box and -- an electrical box and several pieces of art, including a recycling exhibit created by children. the demonstrators issued an e-mail saying occupy oakland building occupation, an act of constitutionally protected civil disobedience, was disrupted by a brutal police response. this afternoon occupy protestors plan to march on a san jose bank that they accuse of predatory lending practices. members of occupy san jose and occupy redwood city will protest at 2:00. its in front of the chase bank at the westfield valley fair mall on stevens creek boulevard. they say the bank is foreclosing on two homes, including one be be longling to a 72-year-old woman whose home is said to be auctioned off on valentine's
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day. an 81-year-old el~cerrito woman is fighting for her life after being brutality assaulted yesterday. police say she was beaten and possibly sexually assaulted while going for her morning walk. >> the manager of this tire store on an pablo avenue in richmond, doesn't usually look at that corner of the property until late in the day. at 9:00 a.m. when he went to park a car he saw a woman on the ground. when i asked her if she needed help, she looked up at me. her face was swollen, blood everywhere and she just nodded. she didn't answer. >> he called 911. richmond police arrived within minutes. >> the victim is in critical condition at a local hospital. at this point we aren't even sure she's going to survive her injuries. >> the 81-year-old victim had to be airlifted to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. she's lived here more than 15 years. it was three blocks away from where she was found. she was found on san pablo avenue. a neighbor who doesn't want to see on camera said she often went to early morning walks.
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>> he saw her walking 4:30:00 in the morning. our of our neighbors saw her. she would go very early. >> a friend of the victim, and also in this photo, is now frightened. >> it's a shock. i know it's a danger to be, you know, walking early in the morning like that. but now it's all different now. you have to be very really careful. >> she said she's going to change her mother's routine. >> i'm not going to let her walk around anymore. she can probably use the treadmill in here but not walk around. >> people don't know if the attack happened last night or early in the morning. they also don't know the motive behind the attack. >> it could possibly be a sexual assault too. we aren't ruling that out. >> the last word from police is that the woman, whose name has not been released, is in very critical conditions. workers at the tire store say the area is heavily trafficked so perhaps someone saw the attack. richmond police are asking anyone with information to give them a call. in the newsroom, abc7 news. this morning the 15-year-old son of a couple found dead in
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oakland is in custody. he's a suspect in their murders. the bodies of a 55-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman were found in a car outside a home friday night. earlier in the day police conducted a welfare check of the home after one of the residents failed to show up for work. officers said nothing appeared suspicious, but about six hours later they received another call, and returned to the home. that's when they found the bodies. the first murder victim of the year in san leandro is a 15-year-old girl. police are on the hunt for 19-year-old henry leon, who is also the father of the victim's nine-month-old baby. the oakland resident is believed to be driving a 2004 escalade with black rims. friday night they went to the house and found the seen ager -- teenager with several stab wounds to her upper body. she has not been identified. a young man is in critical condition at san francisco general hospitals this morning after being shot several times.
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it happened yesterday morning in the city's visitation valley neighborhood. a man in his 20s was found lying in the street at sunny dale avenue and hahn street. investigators have not released any information about a suspect. >> the catholic church is challenging the federal government over some 6,000 deportation necessary the bay area. hundreds of people went to saint mary's cathedral yesterday protestth arrests, made under a federal program designed to secure communities. the program requires local law enforcement officers to share information about the people they arrest with the federal government. the goal is to deport criminals who are here illegal >> we need to stand by our brothers and sisters here in the city of st. francis particularly, but we need a national policy. in the meantime we have to take our own destiny in our own hands to deserve people the dignity they deserve and realize this is problem that will not go away. >> the church and it's
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supporters want governor brown and attorney general harris to reform the program. illinois and washington are among several states of that already adopted similar reforms. coming up next, the battle for florida continues, as one of the candidates picks up a new endorsement. a deadly crash after a light rail train slams into an s.u.v. what the driver did to ♪ okay, so who ordered the cereal that can help lower cholesterol and who ordered the yummy cereal? yummy. that's yours.
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>> sacramento police say the driver of an s.u.v. drove around a guardrail on train tracks. tracks, resulting in the deaths of three people, including a baby. the collision with a light rail train happened just after 4:00 yesterday afternoon. authorities say the train hit the vehicle, pushing it 20 yards. the s.u.v. flipped over and came to rest on its roof. a passenger on the train says the conductor hit the brakes hard. >> then it was like, you know, when you roll over the street with, you know, you feel the impact and then it's like you are rolling over road debris, and then it's just seeing the junk of the car flying past the windows. >> the victims who were killed or injured were riding in that s.u.v. two adults pronounced dead at the scene. the baby was ejected. a fourth person is in serious condition.
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as far as those on the train, six people on the train were slightly injured. in santa barbara county, santa maria police have shot and killed a fellow officer. they say he was under investigation for sexual misconduct with a minor. police say the officer was manning a dui checkpoint yesterday morning when fellow officers came to arrest him for his alleged relationship with a 17-year-old girl. police say he physically resisted arrest and fired his gun and that's where another officer fired him once in the chest. >> with only two days left to campaign before tuesday's gop primary in 1/2, both newt gingrich and mitt romney are appealing to voters, criticizing president obama, and each other. and last night former candidate herman cain offered his endorsement. abc chuck receiveert son has the
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details. >> at his final stop after a full day of campaigning across florida, newt gingrich formally got the backing of his former rival, herman cain. >> i hereby enthusiastically endorse newt gingrich for the president of the united states. >> i had no idea it would be this interesting of an evening. herman, thank you very, very much. >> gingrich has been losing ground in floor but he is not going down without a fight. >> we have to have a conservative, otherwise we are going to be as frustrated with the republican as we were with the democrat. >> mitt romney campaigned like a front runner in the florida panhandle, taking aim at president obama. >> that state of the union address, that really was amazing. he was at florida at disney world a couple weeks ago speaking at fantasy land. i don't think he left. >> and attacking gingrich. >> we allowed him to lead our party. what happened four years later? well, he was fined for ethics violations. he ultimately had to resign in disgrace. >> one new romney ad shows a
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nbc news report from the night gingrich was fined. >> they found him guilty of ethics violations and fined him a substantial penalty. >> romney's camp is refusing to take down the ad before tuesday's primary. gingrich's camp called the ad dishonest. regardless of the outcome in florida, gingrich plans to stay in the race until the national convention this summer. abc news. >> florida has had early voting for the last couple of weeks. election day there, it should be pretty good? >> yeah. i have to double check that. >> well, you concentrate on our weather anyway. >> we are looking for any subtle change we can get because any drop of rain is something we need. our roof camera right now nice and calm out there. temperatures are warmer, 49 right now in the city. upper 30s in our north bay. a couple weather systems on the way. i'll let you know if rain is in our future coming up. >> thank you, lisa. also coming up, sane mary's heads to utah with the gaels ran wild over byu mike shumann has
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rain for the game we won't talk about. >> right. we have nothing to bring us where we should be this time of year. we probably need a solid two weeks of rain to get even close. >> wow. >> a couple storm systems will not do it, we are that far behind. we are setting our sights on the rest of march and february because the deficit continues with only 30 to 40% of normal in san francisco and around the bay. so yesterday 70 degrees in napa. that really didn't do too much to help. monterey with 71. back home we are looking at numbers a little more mild. we have the fog in the north bay. mile and a half visibility for santa rosa with 49 in san francisco, 42 in san jose. good morning mountain view. 38 for you.
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38 in redwood city. we are warmer, 8 degrees warmer in napa. that's due to the high clouds. the dewpoints are up a little bit. we are enjoying actually temperatures, precluding any fog and frost out there. half moon bay, 7 degrees cooler. we were at 55 degrees yesterday morning. that's why it's definitely cooler at our coast. this morning partly cloudy. numbers not as cool as they could be. high clouds, a few mid-level clouds toward the middle of the afternoon and we will see temperatures today in the low to mid-60s instead of the upper 60s. and showers are possible not only overnight tonight but perhaps on wednesday, as well, in the north bay. here's a look at the water vapor imagery. we have high pressure still hanging on but it will begin to flatten a bit. as it does, the southern edge of this next system will really move into the extreme north bay communities. so as it does, it will increase the clouds at san francisco, the north bay, and we will see a
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slight chance of showers. if we see anything, it will just be a couple hundredth. and maybe some sprinkles. way it looks, this system stays offshore for the bulk of the day, but it will bring the higher clouds. the wind shifts later on in the day, but really overall not a lot of change statewide. in fact, mid-70s southern california where it was up to 50 degrees in the northern sierra. here's the way it looks. the computer animation shows the clouds increasing throughout the afternoon. look what happens to the rain line. it really begins to fall apart and to the overnight hours still clouds around. a lot of knows out there, but by 10:00 we are looking at high pressure and that builds back and that will bring more dry weather. 66 in campbell today. 65 in cupertino. low 60s half moon bay with 63 in milbrae. san francisco, we're talking in the low 60s again today with 62 in petaluma. some higher clouds here. near east bay a mild afternoon. castro valley, oakland,
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remember, we are in january now. we are looking at this common theme of 60s day after day. danville 65. 68 in watsonville. our accuweather seven-day forecast, well, you can see it calls for more dry weather. in fact, our slight chance of showers overnight tonight into tomorrow, maybe just particularly the north bay event. and again, that should bring us a couple drops on wednesday with another weak system. after that we warm up again into the upper 60s by the end of the work week. >> i think you really put it in perspective when you said we need two weeks of solid rain to just catch up. >> absolutely. you know, we have all these stats, and it looks like 80% of the time we are this far behind. it doesn't happen. so we will see. >> all right. thank you, lisa. coming up after our newscast, good morning america. and dan harris is joining us live now from new york to tell us the stories that they are working on. good morning.
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>> hey, carolyn, good morning to you. coming up on gma, here we go, 48 hours before the republican primary down in florida and so many questions for the up-again, down-again, newt gingrich. can he pull off another win here? if he loses how far can he take this fight? does an endorsement from the hermansonnator, herman cain, really help. and the executive wife and mother found strangled in her mercedes. her husband giving a series of anguished interviews to the local media and then a twist that has people shocked. plus why is one couple suing this guy for allegedly turning their ferry tale wedding into a nightmare? and carolyn, i don't know if you are one of these people will you there are a lot of them, they watch the super bowl just for the ads. this morning a blockbuster sneak-peek for you. for example, what's the deal with these dogs, and star wars? also ferris buehler making a comeback after 25 years in the super bowl.
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do you remember that movie? >> oh, yes, ferries baller's day off but what does that have to do with the super bowl? >> you have to watch the show. it's called a tease. >> yeah, for a reason. all right. thanks, dan. will do. see you at seven. >> thanks, carolyn, take care. >> you too. >> so in sports this morning the oakland a's are holding the team's fan fest at oracle arena. in college hoops tonight stanford and cal clash at hogs pavilion. last night the 20th ranked saint mary's gaels battled byu here's shoe with your highlights. >> good morning. we will tip off with a little college basketball. a lot of hoop fans don't realize byu is in our conference in every sport but football. saints mary's has already beaten the cougars at home and now on the road. a sometimes out of control crowd in provo, clint was red hot knocking down his first 3 threes. gaels by 12 at the break. where is waldo, brad waldo? he led the way for saint mary's. right there and one. in the paint with a great feed.
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waldo was everywhere. on the break and another two-handed stuff. team high 19 points, 11 boards. gaels make it 11 straight wins, now 21-2 with an 80-66 final. usf hosting san diego. dons looking for their fourth -- third straight win. this will help. florida led all scorers with 26. michael williams did his damage from downtown. 4 of 6 from three-point land. dons an even 5-5 in the conference after the victory. the fourth-ranked stanford women put their 73 game win streak on the line yesterday as they hosted cal in the big game. they welcomed the bears. getting a lift off the bench. tony goes baseline and connects. she had 18. cardinals led by her here. great spin move in the post. a career high 27 points, 18 rebounds. big day for cal. finishing the fast break, she had 17. surpassed 1,000 for her career. cal trailed by 9 at the break.
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berkeley high's brittney, she had 19. bears for the final and go to o.t. but just too much. scores three points in the extra session. stanford hangs on 74-71, improve 18-1, 9-0 in pac-12 play. the stanford hosts the bears today. stanford is a game behind first and bears are in first in the pac-12. she's are similar teams driven by big men. the coach is looking forward to the match-up. >> you plan your rival. proximity of the schools is that close, it will create a terrific environment and has been. every game has been spirited, every game has been competitive. i've enjoyed competing in it. >> all right. after a great season with the 49ers, rookie defensive end aldon smith got himself into some trouble early saturday morning in miami. he was charged with driving under the influence at miami beach. this is his mug shot. miami-dade county jail records
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show smith was booked saturday morning and held on a $1,000 bond. he was drafted as a seventh overall pick in 2011. during his rookie season he had 14 sax, a franchise record. he also ranked first in the nfl they are monitoring his ongoing legal matter. >> something a also offtrack last night. ama super cross championship racing at the coliseum in oakland. a considerably different look at the a's and raiders home field. they spent the last couple days playing over the plywood and plastic on the field then covered it with dirt. these are professionals but accidents happen. a couple in this event. james stuart won the super cross class and eli thomas won the super high tight class. stuart also won the event last year. from the dirt to the snow. snowboard and slopes at the x games. check out mark mcmorris. he wins gold for second straight
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night. the 18-year-old becomes the first snowboarder to win double gold at the x games since shaun white in 2009. that's the way the ball bounces. i'm mike shumann. see you again tonight at 5:00. have a great day. >> up next at 6:30 there's a move in san jose to follow in fran's footsteps and raise the minimum wage. >> we are putting colleges on notice. >> president obama tells universities they cannot keep raising tuitions every year. warning if it continues, federal funding will go down. dddddddd [ female announcer ] they've been off limits to dieters
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>> welcome back. the oakland police are sorting out the charges against some 300 oakland protestors. they were arrested during the day and night of clashes that left city hall damaged. the group marched on the closed convention center where they were met by police firing flash bangs and teargas. demonstrators threw rocks and other objects at police. three officers were injured. protestors ran away, but regrouped last night. they swarmed a ymca building where police had them surrounded. all those demonstrators were taken into custody. a second group broke into city hall and damaged art work and burned an american flag. oakland leaders are outraged. >> occupy oakland has to stop using oakland as its playground.
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people in the occupy movement and the city have to stop making excuses for this behavior. >> basically, in my opinion, it amounts to kind of domestic terrorism when the people start taking buildings and it starts costing the city an incredible amount of resources. >> occupy oakland blames the violence on police using heavy-handed tactics to break up what was planned to be a peaceful occupation of an empty building. that's the convention center. police say the groups' tweets and internet postings have been calling for acts of violence and vandalism for days. we have some photos taken by our media partner, the san jose mercury news. this was taken as oakland police attempted to remove protestors from city hall where the
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remnants of an american flag burned on the front steps. a woman pleaded with them not to burn the flag but they did so anyway. the cost of a college education has been soaring for years now. president obama has stepped forward with a plan to put the brakes on rising fees and to reform how students get financial aid. here's abc7s wayne freedman with reaction from u. c. berkeley where fees have gone up 2,000% since the 1970s. >> as parents tell their kids this is the best time of their lives, the college years, a time without worries, except for the problem of paying. >> how much in debt are you? >> i would rather not say. >> which explains president obama's popularity when he came to the very public university of michigan and found a receptive audience. >> we are putting colleges on notice, you can't keep -- you can't assume that you will just jack up tuition every single year. if you can't stop tuition from going up, then the fund you get from taxpayers each year will go down.
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we should push colleges to do better. we should hold them accountable if they don't. >> this is campaign, it's not governing, no. >> san francisco state political science professor knows a thing or two about tuition inflation. the ph.d. he earned from the california colleges and universities cost $7,000 from 40 years ago. >> the president spoke to one. of his big constituents, college students. and he made an appeal to them on the basis of trying to gather their support for the poll election. >> rising fees have certainly become a potent issue at u. c. berkeley where price increases and program cuts have followed in line with the state's budget woes. >> it's ten times what it was when my mom went to school which sounds ridiculous, but it's ridiculous. >> especially in california. federal money being pulled is not a threat. our budget with california is so screwed up to begin with. >> the specifics remain vague. he wants a billion dollars to spread among states who reform their educational systems.
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for present college students, who must already begin their working lives in debt, those reforms would come too late. for frank luna, way too late. >> i'm supposed to finish the semester but i would like to -- i had hoped to get into the honors program which would extend me one more semester. and i would have to take out another loan. it will probably help me get into grad school. if that's my goal i guess i am going to have to take out -- unhappily take out another loan. >> we tried all day to get reaction from this from local community and college administrators. this came from california president mark g. dolf. it reads in part, "we are pleased the president is looking at ways to reward institution that is are graduating more low income students. we look forward to working with the obama administration and congress on these proposals as they move forward." in the newsroom, wayne freedman, abc7 news.
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san jose may join san francisco in raising the minimum wage. students at san jose state are pushing a ballot initiative to increase the city's minimum wage to double digits. corina reports. >> at a time when tuition costs have doubled the past five years and gas is close to four dollars a gallon, some san jose state university students say california's eight dollars an hour minimum wage simply isn't enough in silicone valley. >> there's poverty, there's homelessness when america has the capability to do so much better. >> the student group, campus alliance for economic justice, is supporting a citywide ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage to two dollars to ten dollars an hour. they point to three neighboring states, nevada, oregon and washington, who all have higher minimum wages, and the city of san francisco which has the highest minimum wage in the nation at $10.24. supporters of the effort say san jose needs to follow san francisco's lead. >> the people and citizens of
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san francisco are more aware of the problems of the people as a mass and they understand if you take care of the mass, the mass will then take care of the whole. >> many small business owners are expected to fight back. josh mcgee started four street pizza five years ago. he has about 25 employees, most of them making minimum wage. >> it's tough enough in a business like ours to pass that costs on to customers. you know, so two dollars an hour extra in the minimum wage would definitely be a tough below. >> voters, though, could be influenced by the occupy wall street sentiment, challenging the 99% to speak up. >> i think it should be raised to at least $9.50 or ten dollars, yes. >> the group will try to get about 20,000 signatures to put the initiative before voters in november. in san jose, corina rusk, abc7 news.
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>> meteorologist lisa is here now saying no chance of rain? >> not much. >> all right. >> we are looking at a milder morning, though, because we have a few high clouds out there. take a look at this sunrise or the beginning of it. isn't it beautiful? the official sunrise 7:16. we will see temperatures in the north bay, you could see some rain and there's another opportunity. we will talk about that come up. >> also ahead a local research team uncovers something new about alzheimer's disease. find out what you can do to reduce your risk of getting it. and don't forget, you can experience the oscars starting right now on oscar.com. predict the winner, watch exclusive live video from the red carpet and go backstage during the academy awards show. that will be sunday, february 26th.
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>> lisa, you said maybe this much but that doesn't sound hopeful. >> he are running above normal temperature-wise. we should be in the upper 50s for santa rosa and san francisco. we will see the low 60s again even with the increasing high clouds. here's a look at emeryville. san francisco has just received a little over 6 inches of rain for the season. that's 46% of normal. last year we had almost 13 inches of rain that brought us up to 98% of normal for this
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time of year. so that's the difference between this year and last year. and we are looking at still a relatively dry week across the bay with the north bay pairing a little bit of precip beginning late tonight. it's 34 so even with the high clouds temperatures have dropped a little bit in santa rosa. 41 in san san rafael. it's cooler on our coast. we not winds blowing yesterday out of the northeast. brought the numbers in the 50s in the morning hours for oakland and half moon bay. now we have a pretty good northwesterly wind. winds gusting to some 30 miles an hour. that's keeping the beaches right now a little bit cooler. then for the afternoon the temperatures anywhere from two to four degrees cooler today with a little bit of a breeze. a sea breeze, that is. then the high and mid-level clouds.
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the incoming weather system not too impressive. in fact, there's two of them. this is the first one that will be on the southern edge of it. then there's another one behind it. so both of them will be flirting with the north bay, perhaps parts of the east bay in san francisco. if we see any rain, a couple hundred deaths out of it, and we aren't look of -- a couple hundreds out of it. the ridge flattens a bet but it reestablishes itself of a each system and after wednesday we are getting into warmer air once again. higher clouds, a little cooler today. a couple degrees cooler and that's due to the westerly wind, the higher clouds. even eureka not getting much rain out of this system here. rain showers for mount shasta, as well. 50s in the sierra nevada today. clouds increase around the bay. late in the afternoon we are talking about most of the activity, increasing clouds in the north bay and a chance of
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showers overnight. but by 10:00 monday morning we are back into partly cloudy skies and we will see the temperatures still above normal. today 64 santa clara so not looking bad out there at all. you will see more sunshine in the south bay. partly cloudy redwood city, 65. san francisco low 60s again today with san rafael coming in 63. caster valley 65. fremont 65. and inland low to mid-60s today with temperatures around the monterey bay still up he were 60s to near 70 and probably no chance of rain there. we will look for the mildest day today out of the next three or four. you will see the next two weather systems favoring the north bay, one tonight. partly cloudy on tuesday. the next one on wednesday. and then milder weather with mid-and upper 60s right there next weekend. >> and it's hard not to enjoy the mild weather, but we're hurting. >> yeah. and it is cold and snowy in the
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nation's midsection. we have a little to feel guilty about or a lot to feel guilty about. >> all right. thanks, lisa. there's a new study from u.c. berkeley that's uncovered physical evidence that people who challen/w themselves intellectually could be decreasing their risk of developing alzheimer's disease and the clues are visible in their brains. here's health and science reporter carolyn johnson with the details. >> just finishing a crossword puzzle can be difficult once alzheimer's disease has set in but researchers have long suspected continuing activities during the lifetime can keep it at bay. a team at u. c. berkeley has taken that notion of use it or lose it a step further by studying deposits of plaques in the brain which is believed to be linked to alzheimer's. >> what the study shows it is not just a matter of protecting you from the effects of it, we think the cognitive activity may result in less being deposited.
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the doctor and his team traced the behavioral history of healthy adults and specifically how much intellectual challenge they have had from over the decades, everything from regular reading to doing crossed word puzzles. then they began probing their subjects' brains with pet scans. >> the more cognitive active they were, the less of this plaque they had in their brain. >> a lot of people with memory disorders tend not to do cognitively challenging things during their life time. >> the doctor is an alzheimer's researcher in san francisco. he says while the precise cause of memory loss is still unclear, delaying the onset of alzheimer's can be critical because of the unique characteristics of the disease. >> one of them is that the later in life it begins, the slower the progression of it. we haven't really answered that question to anyone's true satisfaction as to why people who develop alzheimer's disease earlier in life tend to have a more rapid course. >> the berkeley study did not confirm whether increasing
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intellectual activity later in life would have a similar effect in slowing the accumulation of the plaque. the researchers are planning a follow-up study using function mri, trying to confirm the link between activity and the development of the plaque in the brain. carolyn johnson, abc7 news. >> for people at risk of alzheimer's, doctors recommend walking an hour a day and engaging in intellectual challenges like reading and taking specific vitamins. go to abc7news.com and look under "see it on tv." up next, michael finney, reports on the new rules that helps ensure your home is fully covered when disaster strikes. ♪ you signed up weeks ago
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>> if a disaster strikes, is your home fully insured? new rules are in effect to make sure. >> when a disaster hits, homeowners are happy they paid for insurance. most homeowners. some find all those payments have bought less than what they need. >> people so often, after they have a large loss, find out that they have less insurance than they thought they had, or they come up against an exclusion that they had no idea was in their policy. >> to help homeowners from being underinsured, the california
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department of insurance has put in place new rules. amy heads up united policyholders. she said insurance brokers and agents don't have to help you come up with an insurance figure, but if they do, those numbers must be based on reality. >> if your agent or broker gives you a number and says this is how much dwelling protection you need, how much insurance you need on your home, they can't just pull that number out of thin air. they actually have to do a calculation. >> the new rules say brokers and agents must be trained and the training needs to be ongoing. now the good brokers and agents are already doing much of this. however, the industry as a whole is not thrilled with being held to the new standards. >> people selling you the insurance really don't want to be responsible for making that recommendation. and if push comes to shove and it turns out that they were
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wrong, then they are off the hook legally and you are left holding the bag thinking, wait a minute, i relied on this person, what is the commission for? >> there is a lawsuit by the insurance companies to overturn the rules, but at this point those rules are still in effect. i'm michael finney, 7 on your side. >> coming up next, the remarkable glenn close and the film that's taken her 30 years to get to the big screen. ♪
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>> here are the winning numbers from last night's super-lotto plus. again, no one correctly picked all six numbers. wednesday's jackpot is estimated at $8 million. glenn close has received her sixth oscar nomination in the best actress category for playing a man. her new movie opened in theaters this weekend and she tells arts and entertainment reporter don sanchez it took 30 years to get it made. >> she prefers roses. >> albert nobss, a butler in an upscale hotel in the 1930s. soft-spoken. but he has a secret.
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>> a woman disguised as a man because women couldn't get decent jobs now. albert nobbs is glenn close. >> the story is very powerful. it's just emotionally powerful. it's the kind of story that we all are looking for all the time. >> and there are tragic consequences. she did the role off broadway 30 years ago, and she's wanted to make it into a film. it's been a struggle. >> what is it about albert nobbs that got under your skin? >> the character. the character. very, very different. the story is very, very different. and you think it's about one thing, but i think it's about a lot of other things, as well. >> and it gets complicated. >> a woman could serve at the counter. >> you aren't thinking of taking -- >> their truth is not necessarily what they are presenting to the world. because i also think it's a very human trait. i think all of us are spectacular at covering up 99% of what we are usually thinking and feeling at any different time. >> this timid man is so different from her role like alice in fatal attraction or correla deville.
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her transformation began in her dressing room. >> i would kind of be beside myself every morning because it came a point it wasn't me anymore. and finish, it was amazing. even the last day of shooting. i was like, whew, you pass yourself and look in a mirror. >> don sanchez, abc7 news. >> the 84th annual academy awards will be handed out sunday, february 26th, starting at 5:30. you can watch it all right here on abc7. hollywood's most watched evening begins with the road to gold. an academy award review beginning at 12:30 and then the red carpet and then the big show. you can download our oscar app for iphones, ipads and ipods. it lets you predict the winners with friends and gives you exclusive live video from the red carpet and red stage during the show an february 26th. it's easy to download the app.
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we have a link at abc7news.com under "see it on tv." the san francisco zoo celebrates the lunar new year today with chinese acrobats and other activities. this year's chinese new year's activities have a very special guest, a real life trying gone. -- live dragon. tully is a bearded dragon from australia. he was donated to the zoo last year. as luck has it he's now the main attraction for the lunar new year celebration. this is, after all, the year of the dragon. if you are a dragon you can get in for free today. i am a snake or serpent. what are you? >> so is mr. mcsweeney. >> really? >> yeah. >> and you are? >> i don't know. now i'm a little frustrated with the forecast. minor changes. we aren't talking major. we need major changes with a few high clouds, a couple degrees cooler. a beautiful sunrise. check it out this morning. that's in another 15 minutes. 65 in oakland, 63 in
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san francisco. winds coming off the ocean later today. we have a weak front offshore that could bring a few sprinkles to the north bay tomorrow morning, overnight tonight and another chance on wednesday. that's it. >> terry and i, we are buds, we are like this. snakes. that is going to do it for us. thank you for joining us. the next newscast starts at 9:00 this morning. i'm carolyn tyler. along with lisa, you can keep track of the latest breaking news on twitter, abc7 news bay
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